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5 Good Reasons to Eat Tomatoes

Updated on July 1, 2012

Tomatoes are nutritional superfoods! They are packed with vitamins and nutrients and have numerous health benefits. Below are seven great reasons to include tomatoes in your diet!

Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that helps produce collagen and strengthens the immune system. Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and helps maintain bones, teeth, gums, and blood vessels. It helps protect against heart disease, stroke, cataracts, and diabetes. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant and helps you properly use other vitamins and minerals such as folic acid and iron. Because vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, and is not stored in the body, it is important to consume vitamin C-rich foods each day.

Tomatoes are a good source of lutein

1) Lutein is a carotenoid that helps protect against vision loss, cataracts, and macular degeneration. It has also been shown to help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. Lutein may also help protect your skin from UV rays, pollutants, and toxins in the environment.

Tomatoes contain phytosterols

Phystosterols are naturally found compounds in plants that inhibit the absorption of cholesterol by your intestines and can be helpful for those trying to lower the amount of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body.

Tomatoes are a good source of beta-carotene

Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that helps maintain healthy skin and slows the aging process. Beta-carotene can be made into Vitamin A by the body.

Tomatoes are the richest dietary source of lycopene

Lycopene is a potent cancer-fighting antioxidant that becomes even more abundant when tomatoes are cooked. It neutralizes free radicals before they can cause damage. Lycopene has about twice the antioxidant power of beta carotene. Lycopene is fat-soluble so you absorb lycopene well only if you eat it with dietary fat such as olive oil. Lycopene has been linked to preventing cardiovascular disease, skin damage, cancer, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Lycopene has been specifically linked to the prevention of prostate cancer.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Nice to know all this good stuff about tomatoes. We have them almost everyday. We should really grow some..You have been a inspiration for this. Thanks for sharing all this.

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      Amberjewell 5 years ago

      That was very informative thank you. I absolutely looove tomatoes! I eat them like I would an apple. lol We have 8 large variation of tomato plants in our backyard right now and my favorite thing is going outside, picking and eating the ripe red ones! I could live on tomatoes!

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      It is informative and good.

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      Monty Hamilton 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Wow! I knew tomatoes were good for you, but I had no idea how good. Great article! Thanks!

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I luv tomatoes, excellent hub and useful.Voted up.

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Very useful and practical hub, tomatoes are great, thank you for telling us about all the wonderful benefits of tomatoes, it's nice to be reminded sometimes, what is it exactly that makes a certain vegetable good for you.

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      I love tomatoes, and there's nothing better than pasta with homemade tomato sauce. I'm so glad they're so good for you! Nice information :)

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      Kara Monterey 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Thanks so much!

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      Alan R Lancaster 5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      I think I'll start a tomato plantation and get rich! Seriously, I liked this, thought it seriously interesting and wished that tomato at the top was real. Voted up, good hub and first class information (pin a medal on this woman, someone)!

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      Kara Monterey 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Sounds really yummy:)

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      ashleystrain 5 years ago from Woodbridge, NJ

      Imagine the smile on my face as I read this Hub while eating some whole wheat pasta, garlic, basil and yep, tomatoes!

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      Kara Monterey 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Tomatoes are delicious! I especially love fresh salsa and homemade sauce!

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Right on Mhatter, I love um too!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      You forgot the 6th and most important. I Luv 'em. :)) good work

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Tomatoes are delicious, thanks for the reminder.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I love em! My favorite are cherry tomatoes!

      Now my mouth is watering.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Plus they taste great! Very useful information in this hub!